Are you and your family looking to adopt a new pet? Whether you’re getting a cat, puppy, or horse, you’ll need to know what to do before you bring an animal home from a shelter, breeder, or individual.
Here are 8 things to do before adopting a pet:
1. Reflect on how well you can take care of him/her.
Before you even worry about the adoption process, consider your budget, schedule, and how dedicated you’ll be to care-taking. Don’t be selfish… Make sure you can give your new family member the greatest life possible!
2. Perform a background check on the current owner.
If you plan to do it privately, it is important to do your research on the type of person you’re adopting from. If he/she has a criminal background, especially in violent crime, the animal may have been mistreated or abused (which is something to prepare for).
3. Conduct a reverse address lookup on a shelter or pet shop to make sure they have good ratings.
…for similar reasons listed under #2. Plus, it’s nice to support shelters that truly care for their animals and the community!
4. Search for reliable breeders within a people directory.
If you want go the breeder route, don’t just trust anybody! Find the right source by browsing through an online directory.
5. Ensure your potential pet has up-to-date vaccines, medical records, paperwork, etc.
If this information isn’t freely handed to you, be sure to ask for it. You need to know the medical history of the animal you’re adopting so you can best take care of him/her. Also look into local vets.
6. Research the breed of animal and see if it’s a good fit for you and your family.
This includes typical personality traits, level of maintenance required, training, medical responsibilities, etc.
7. Prepare your home with the essentials.
Food and water bowls, beds, food, cleaning, grooming, and first-aid supplies, litter box(es) and litter, and toys are just a few things you’ll need.
8. Create ID tags, or consider investing in a microchip.
From the moment you take home your new pet, you’ll want to make sure he/she is safe and sound. Have ID tags with your contact information created beforehand or look into the benefits of microchipping.
Prepare for adopting a pet by following these 8 steps and welcome home your new furry family member with no worries!